Second Annual
New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium:
Celebrating Excellence and Diversity in Computing

The committee of New England Computer Science Chairs (NECSC) and the Empowering Leadership Alliance (ELA) invite all undergraduates in universities, colleges, or community colleges in New England to participate in the second New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium which is being organized to celebrate Excellence and Diversity in Undergraduate Computing in New England.

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Date: Saturday 4/17/2010

The Photonics Center
Boston University
8 St. Mary's St.
Boston, MA 02215

Directions to the Photonics Center and Parking
is at the bottom of this page


9:30-10:30 registration
10:30-11:00 Welcoming remarks/ Keynote address my Margrit Betke
11:00-12:00 First poster session
12:00- 1:00 Lunch
1:00- 2:00 Second poster session
2:00- 3:00 Panel on CS Careers: Nickolas Wood, Esha Sahai, Fernando Colon Osorio
3:00- 4:00 Third poster session
4:00- 5:00 Student presentations and closing remarks

Presentation Space

You can bring a poster and/or a laptop to give demos of your project.We will provide one of three options for you to present your poster or demo, including
  • tables from which you can do demos (1) or place your tri-fold posters (2)
  • easels with 30"x 40" poster board (3) to which you can pin your posters
Power outlets and strips will be available during poster sessions at some but not all presentation locations. Time your demos to fit within an hour time slot. Be sure you have registered your preference for presentation mode by emailing Dr. Raquell Holmes at We will try to accommodate your request.

Student Presentations

There will be four student presentation during the closing session from 4:00-4:40.

  • Autonomous Wheelchair Abigail Drury with Melissa Frechette, Junior; Rittika Shamsuddin, Sophomore research project for school at Mount Holyoke College
  • Traveling Salesman Solver for Amherst School Bus Routes Paul Sawaya with John Schanck, junior course project from upper level course at Hampshire College
  • Design and Realization of an Intelligent Unmanned Ground Vehicle Viktoras Truchanovicius with Ricardo Madera (Senior), Christopher Gamache (Senior), Dan Sacco (Senior), Benjamin Roy (Senior), Rob Fitzpatrick (Senior), Adam Panzica (Senior), Bohua Wang (Senior), Justin barrett (Senior), research project for school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • An HCI Approach to the College Dining Experience Consuelo Valdes with Maddie Adams (sophomore), Cidney Hamilton (senior) course project from upper level course at Wellesley College

Abstracts and Participation

The 2010 NEUCS has 46 posters or demos. You can view the abstracts here. and there are 115 registered participants from about 20 different schools: here.

Presentation Space

We will have several options for you to present your poster or demo, including
  • tables (with a few power outlets) for demos or tri-fold posters
  • easels (for displaying posters mounted on posterboard)
You can either bring a laptop to give demos of your project and/or bring a poster.


All abstracts will be collected into a Symposium Proceedings that will be distributed electronically to the attendees (and the world!)


At the end of the symposium, prizes for the best posters in the following categories will be presented:

  • most creative project in an intro course
  • most creative project in an upper level course
  • most creative research or independent project
  • project most likely to have a positive effect on society
in various categories will be presented (e.g. most creative course project, most likely to have a positive impact on society, etc.)
Subpages (1): abstracts